Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 20

Improbable Cause (1)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 24, 1995 on Syndicado

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  • Improbable Fun. (There, is that witty enough?)

    Picking up the loose threads of "The Wire" and "The Defiant" (and combining them) this Odo/Garak mystery episode begins with a bang and becomes more intriguing with each successive scene, weaving startling revelations throughout the story. (It even tosses in an "informant" scene that seems to have been lifted right out of the X-Files).

    A character driven piece with some intermittent fireworks, the pairing of the "constable" with "a simple tailor" proves to be a master stroke. With Odo specializing in uncovering the truth and Garak specializing in dancing around it, the dialogue between the two is a joy. (It helps to have two characters with such expansive vocabularies and two actors so capable of delivering elaborate wordplay).

    As a smallball episode masquerading as a bigger story (with more going on off the screen than on), director Avery Brooks builds the suspense and works his way to the climax so well, you can't help but wonder "how they'll get out of this Interestingly, the question proves a stumper for the writers as well.